Oct 24 AT 10:02 AM Taylor Wimberly 45 Comments

New render of Nexus 4 confirms earlier hands-on report


Google is ready to unveil the Nexus 4 on October 29th, and pretty much every detail about the device has already leaked out by now. Today a new Nexus render from @evleaks confirms a minor detail that we first reported on a couple weeks ago. A brief hands-on report we shared said the device had “Nexus written on the back like the Nexus 7″ and it appears that will remain with the final release.

Our source said, “The ‘X’ [in the word Nexus] is in four colors” and we provided a mockup image of what the final design could look like. Today’s image shows the Nexus logo on the back in a single color, so either design could turn out to be true. Some have also pointed out that today’s render was Photoshopped, but it looks like someone just inserted an Android home screen as a place holder. We are fairly confident this is what the final design will look like and @evleaks has proven to be a reliable source in the past.

We are less than a week away from the official announcement, so all will be revealed soon.

Source: @evleaks

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  • http://www.jaxidian.org/update/ jaxidian

    This isn’t real unless the Nexus 4 runs AOKP and has 2 different third-party weather apps installed for official press release screenshots…

    • http://www.jaxidian.org/update/ jaxidian

      sorry, 2 third-party battery meters, not weather apps. Sorry, didn’t sleep the past 2 nights – brain is kinda fried. :-)

      • Josh

        Yup. Pretty sure AndroidPolice debunked this about 40 minutes ago… Definitely AOKP and a photoshopped nexus logo. Why post this??

      • iamXiV92a

        Like Josh said, looks odd. Android Police had posted another shot from a angled view, but they pointed out that the angles are all wrong…

        • iamXiV92a

          Not to mention the SUPER White of the on screen buttons…

    • American traitor idol Lance Armstrong

      Another androidandmean.com false rumor? They have a dreaded record (for spreading lies). I rather trust reliable sources.

    • vforvortex

      I think you all misunderstood the title of the article…It is a “rendering” of the nexus 4 device by evleaks based on what they saw or heard. Clearly it is photoshop.

      I personally think leaks should stop now since we are only 5 days away. :)

      • Ardrid

        If that’s the case, then the render can’t actually confirm any previously known details as the article suggests. Every story I’ve read seems to indicate that evleaks leaked a press render, not that they created one.

        • vforvortex

          I agree with you on that. +1′d

  • redraider133

    This is looking really nice. I hope by some way it makes its way onto carriers and not just the play store. Even if the carriers screw up updates it still gets updates quicker than other phones. One can hope it makes it to at least the big 4.

  • http://midweststitch.com ajonrichards

    Man, this new Nexus certainly seems super iterative. I say this to sooth my troubled soul after buying a CPO Verizon Nexus yesterday….

  • Nate B.

    C’mon now. This is fake. I said the same thing on every other mobile blog site. No native Google apps in the Notification bar. % sign in the battery icon. Since when did Google do that native? Two weather icons in the notification bar. So many ROM features stand out in this.

    • brozef

      maybe Android 4.2 ???

  • Co1e

    The design is starting to grow on me I think. Still wish it differentiated itself from the GNex a little more though.

    • Co1e

      Augh! Such an invalid opinion!

  • whosaidwhat

    This can’t be the final device. Someone correct me if I’m wrong but the information on the bottom (back image) of that phone shouldn’t be visible. It is usually found on the battery or the inside of the phone.

    • redraider133

      phones with non removable batteries have the info on the outside and this is said to have a non removable outside. Look at the droid razr line and you will see the same info on the back.

      • whosaidwhat

        Thanks for the info. I wasn’t aware of that.

  • droid

    I’m not sure why people are making a big deal about this, it is almost identical to my current Galaxy Nexus..

    • iamXiV92a

      Pretty much save for the earpiece, proximity and backlight sensors

    • whosaidwhat

      Identical in looks but that’s about it. Inside, we will have a much better processor, better camera, better screen, better bluetooth (which is important to me), scratch resistance Gorilla glass, double the RAM, and one hell of a GPU.

      I don’t know about you but I think all the above make it an upgrade. I have the GSM Nexus and if google can make Jelly Bean run this smooth on the old TI processor, I can’t wait to see what they do with the beast that is S4 Pro.

      Things I want to see are: Better WIFI, HSPA+ 42Mbps and better battery life and I’m sold.

      • iamXiV92a

        My younger brother doesn’t think it’s worth upgrading but I told him that he’s crazy as the processor will blow the doors off the Galaxy Nexus ::pets phone sympathetically::

        Though I love my Galaxy nexus, I’m glad to be able to finally be able to use live wallpapers again without the hiccups!!!

      • Chris

        I don’t know if Google will even have Gorilla Glass. They have always used fortified glass of what I know? Like Galaxy Nexus and “I think” Nexus 7? Though I do hope the price will not be as high as Galaxy Nexus was when it came out:S really hoping about the 399$ leak is true…

        • Zyo

          Nexus 7 uses Gorilla Glass. Only Samsung made Galaxy devices use fortified glass because they have that curved screen.

          • Chris

            Thanks for the info! I honestly didn’t know that. I love Gorilla Glass, my gf’s Galaxy S3 not even scratched and she drops it all the time… Fortified Glass is nothing I miss:P

        • mjukis

          Nexus One uses Gorilla glass… :-)

  • Alexander drzfr3shboialex

    I wish it was 5″ but hey I’m getting it anyways awesome device. Hopefully there is a 32gb/64gb version.

    • iamXiV92a

      I see a 32GB version being available (this time around), I don’t see Google doing a 64GB version though

  • RX-78-7

    That’s how I wanted the nexus logo to look like. Hope it turns out to be that way.

    Only downside for me(design wise), is how thick the device is compared to the battery it’s housing. I mean the Optimus G has the same internal parts, but comes in a 8.4thin vs the 9.2thin(prototype)… what gives?

  • www.phonewbie.com

    I know this is fake because Google would never have the loser Mets in any ad or promotion of theirs.

  • otakonx

    I like AndroidAndMe’s Photoshop better, ha! The darker logo with 4 color X looks much more pleasing to my eyes.

  • Ardrid

    Aside from the AOKP screenshot, you tell that there’s something wrong with the Nexus logo. The letters are completely uneven, which means whoever did the press render is incredibly lazy or, more likely, this is a fake render as most think.

    That aside, I still like the actual look of device and am really looking forward to hearing more about it and eventually using it.

  • Max.Steel

    Mets suck.

  • scott

    Maybe google is secretly working with the people from AOKP so they can bring us that fully customizable rom experience on stock android?? ;)

  • Depper

    Jesus it’s ugly! This is not what we need in our pockets when trying to convince the i-diots how awful their phones are.

  • shadhussain

    maybe i’ve just missed the info somewhere, but any dlna/hdmi-out goodness on this expected?

  • sunrise

    This looks fake to me. Not the actual design of the phone but the way the Nexus logo on the back looks photoshopped on.

    • herbivore83

      It is. That’s why they call it a render and not a photo.

  • Alex

    Any ideas as to the price of the GNex on Google Play once the Nexus 4 is released?

    • herbivore83

      Less than the Nexus 4.

  • irishrally

    What’s up with the small gap between the screen and bottom of the case on the side view picture (3rd one on the right)?

    • LG Nexus

      Micro SIM card tray

  • chris

    so, what happend to LTE and wireless charging, didn’t read about them for a while…

  • Nathan D.

    It is almost upon us :-)

  • Broseph Stalin

    At least the bezel doesn’t look as huge as it did on that prototype.